Mourinho: “We must go step by step to win the Champions League”

Mourinho: “We must go step by step to win the Champions League”

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Chelsea boss José Mourinho recalled his history in the Champions League while speaking to UEFA.com

The triumph with Porto in 2004

It was perfect. Monaco started better than us, but after ten, 12 minutes we were completely in control. It was a fantastic moment for us. It was a pity that they couldn’t keep us, because if that team had stayed together, I don’t know what we could have done. After that victory I left, Deco left, [Paulo] Ferreira, [Ricardo] Carvalho, [Nuno] Valente and Costinha left – everyone left and the team disappeared, but the history doesn’t disappear.”

 Tre Treble with Inter in 2010 and his bond with the club 

“Inter supporters are special. The president is more than special. It was a real family and that season we did everything. We won everything.

“Against Bayern, it was the game of their lives for many of my players. It was the last chance for [Javier] Zanetti, [Marco] Materazzi, [Iván] Córdoba, [Cristian] Chivu and Maicon to do it. And we played that game with that mentality. We were not playing with XI, we were playing with thousands and thousands and thousands because Inter had waited a long time for that. We were very confident and it was a perfect way for me to leave such a club. A club I love so much.”

The semifinals lost with Real Madrid

“When I arrived at Real Madrid they hadn’t reached the quarter-finals for almost a decade and when we got Lyon in the last 16, the club was in panic. We went through that barrier and the club changed, the players changed. We thought we would win the competition. But in three consecutive years we reached the semi-finals, and for different reasons we didn’t manage to reach the final.

“The one that was really difficult was the one we lost on penalties [to Bayern]. It was a big disappointment, but when Real Madrid won it in 2014 the club deserved it. The club deserved it totally, and I was happy.”

His will to win Champions League with Chelsea

“I have a very good group, the relationships are very good. I think always that we have to go step by step, and the group phase is the first step. You have to finish in the top two and progress. When you get to the knockout stage, the unpredictability of every detail becomes fundamental. Only one can win, only two can reach the final. But that is the reality because this competition is the biggest competition in the world of football.”

The possible record to be the first manager to win three Champions League with three different clubs

“That’s not the objective – the objective is to win a third one, it’s not to have a record. If somebody does it before me, or if somebody wins it with four or five clubs, I don’t care about that. I just want to win it with the club where I am.”